There’s no doubt that the NFL is a huge business. According to Forbes, the combined worth of all 32 teams was $35 billion in 2011.
In that same year, the total revenue generated by all the teams was $8 billion, with most of that coming during the 17-week season due to national media deals.
With that said, have you ever wondered how much NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell makes?
In 2011, Goodell made $30 million according to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily. He brought in a $22.3 million bonus after earning $11.6 million in 2010. This number is based off the league’s tax return which is scheduled to be filed at the end of today.
Goodell is paid by NFL owners and his income is more tied to his performance than a set salary.
“The NFL is the most successful and best-managed sports league in the world,” said Falcons Owner and Compensation Committee Chair Arthur Blank in a prepared statement. “This is in no small part due to Roger’s leadership and the value he brings to the table in every facet of the sport and business of the league. His compensation reflects that.” – Daniel Kaplan (Sports Business Daily)
David Stern (NBA Commissioner) and Bud Selig (MLB Commissioner) are believed to earn in the mid-$20 million.